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Rapporteur strongly condemns prison sentence for Deputy Chairman of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis

Axel Fischer (Germany, EPP/CD), the rapporteur for the Monitoring Committee in respect of Ukraine, today strongly condemned the sentencing to two years in prison of Ilmi Umerov, Deputy Chairman of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis, for "separatism", by Russian appointed judges in Simferopol.

"It is unacceptable that the Russian authorities prosecute and detain Ukrainian citizens for their opposition to the illegal annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation. I therefore call for the immediate and unconditional release of Mr Umerov by the Russian authorities," stated Mr Fischer.